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John Pizzarelli: “The thing I’m learning at this point is, if you have the best guys, you don’t have to do too much” – (Down Beat September 2017)

Adam Rogers: “When I plug a Strat into a Marshall that’s cranked, it’s just like…oh, man!” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

RIP Peter Skellern (March 14, 1947 - February 17, 2017)

Peter Skellern died today (February 17).
He was 69.
I was very saddened. His cool, 1930's style was unique in one so young as he was at the time when I first encountered him at Newcastle City Hall where he was the support artist for George Melly/John Chilton. Chalk and cheese you might think except they had one thing in common - the ability to recognise and stamp their own identity on a good song.
The singer/pianist/songwriter, Skellern, won over any of the skeptics who'd come for Melly and the next day, I bought an LP and a couple of singles. Later, I acquired a couple of CDs incorporating many of the titles on the LP as well as some originals.
The LP was a tribute to Fred Astaire and he had that easy relaxed style of Fred's. Astaire may have been a better dancer but he wasn't a better pianist!, Like so many of Skellern's discs he's accompanied by the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, an ethereal choir and, of course, his own distinctive piano playing.
The singles; his hit - You're a Lady and a delightful version of Love is the Sweetest Thing with shades of Noel Coward/Al Bowlly/Denny Dennis (ask your grandmother) in his voice.
I hadn't realised until now that he'd joined the clergy last year - I'd like to have been at one of his choir practices.
Not a name heard in jazz circles very often but for quality popular music, he was the tops.
Very sadly missed. A class act - may he rest in peace.

1 comment :

  1. Yeah I remember him as a kid he was quirky and different. Talented man .

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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